It seems like the older I get, the faster the years go flying by. Can you believe the end of the year is just around the corner? Lately, I have been thinking about how I can end 2018 with the same level of intention I welcomed it in. When the new year starts, this year I want to be already well on my way toward my goals and aspirations, instead of just beginning.
As a change in pace, I am going to focus on these things for the next month: community, setting an attainable goal, and practicing self-care — even during the holidays. As fitness operators, I suggest doing the same to ensure an optimal mindset for the year ahead.
This past year, community with other women aspiring to do great things in life is something I have been working to create in my life. I have challenged myself to find other women who are working towards propelling their careers and creating relationships. It has been a great experience and I plan to continue this going into 2019. One way you can form community and challenge yourself to find like-minded people is going to networking events.
Setting A Goal
There’s nothing wrong with setting several goals, but in a time of year where there is so much going on between holidays and ending the quarter, just set one goal that is attainable. This one goal can ideally create success for you, a win that is just for you amidst all the craziness.
Setting one goal a month is something I do regularly. For example, limiting myself to just one Diet Dr. Pepper a week (my weakness), exercising eight times, or putting my phone away every night by 7:30 p.m. All these goals are more than achievable, but do require a conscious effort. When I successfully meet these intentions, I am not ashamed to give myself a pat on the back. Although it’s a small win, it is still a win.
The whirlwind that is the final month of the year can be overwhelming. Not only can there be pressure at work, there are also several family gatherings. When all of this is going on, remind yourself that it is important to still take time for yourself, even if it’s just five minutes.
The easiest way to accomplish this is to have a morning routine. I personally have a deck of cards that are daily affirmations. Every day I pick one card and take about five minutes to journal on what that affirmation says. It is a quick and easy way to set your intention for the day and give yourself a little “self-care hug.”
The end of the year can be daunting, but remember it is a time to enjoy and embrace. Focus on community, one attainable goal, and self-care to set yourself up to be on top leading into 2018.
Lindsey Rainwater is a business advisor, founder, writer and keynote speaker in the fitness and wellness industry. For more information, follow Rainwater on Twitter @LindseyRainH2o.
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